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    caught dead with

    "She wouldn't be caught dead with a quarter pounder."

    Can anyone tell me what "caught dead with" means?

    Does it mean she would never eat it?

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    Re: caught dead with

    Yes - exactly.

    The more usual form of the expression is 'be seen dead' as in

    'I wouldn't be seen dead wearing those trousers.' (You'll never see me wearing them.)

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    Re: caught dead with

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes - exactly.

    The more usual form of the expression is 'be seen dead' as in

    'I wouldn't be seen dead wearing those trousers.' (You'll never see me wearing them.)

    Rover
    Thanks for your reply.

    Would the sentence still make sense with "with those trousers" instead of "wearing those trousers"?

    "I wouldn't be seen dead/caught dead with those trousers."

    or should it be "in" rather than "with"?
    Last edited by rainous; 31-Aug-2011 at 09:41.

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    Re: caught dead with

    I should have added as alternatives:

    'I wouldn't be seen dead in those trousers' or

    'I wouldn't be seen dead with those trousers on.'

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    Re: caught dead with

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I should have added as alternatives:

    'I wouldn't be seen dead in those trousers' or

    'I wouldn't be seen dead with those trousers on.'

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    Re: caught dead with

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    You deserve to be called English Kungfu Master...retired but still powerful

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    Re: caught dead with

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    "She wouldn't be caught dead with a quarter pounder."

    Can anyone tell me what "caught dead with" means?

    Does it mean she would never eat it?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Just in case you do not already know this (you probably already do),

    many Americans use the word "pants" instead of "trousers." I hear,

    however, that the word "pants" for British speakers means "underpants"

    (underwear). I have read that some Americans who have visited the U.K.

    have innocently said something like this to a British friend: "I like your

    pants."

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    Re: caught dead with

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Just in case you do not already know this (you probably already do),

    many Americans use the word "pants" instead of "trousers." I hear,

    however, that the word "pants" for British speakers means "underpants"

    (underwear). I have read that some Americans who have visited the U.K.

    have innocently said something like this to a British friend: "I like your

    pants."


    I definitely didn't know "pants" mean "underpants" in Britain.

    Thank you for the little headsup.

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    #9

    Re: caught dead with

    "Caught dead" is the expression I am familiar with.

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